NYC ATHEISTS MONTHLY MEETING

Date & Time: Apr 29 2010 - 6:30pm
Location: SLC Conference Center–352 Seventh Ave./16th Floor-(29/30th St.
Speaker: Walter Pitman III
Subject:

Noah’s Flood: Was It Real?
 
Surprise! There are Scientific Indications That It Happened
 
We Atheists like to think of everything Biblical as mythical—but what if there was now ample scientific evidence that Noah’s Flood had actually occurred?
 
That’s exactly what Dr. Walter C. Pitman III, a professor in Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is coming to tell us at the New York City Atheists’ meeting on April 29th.
 
Dr. Pitman, an award-winning marine geophysicist, asserts that there is enough geological evidence now that scientists are able to say for sure that Noah’s flood took place in the Black Sea about 5500 BC. In fact, Dr. Pitman, with his colleague William Ryan, has written a book about it, Noah’s Flood, which has been published in nine different languages including Japanese and Hebrew, and is available on Amazon.com.
 
Terrifying, Rapid Rise in Sea Level
 

“It was a very, very catastrophic, rapid flood, and we’re absolutely certain of that now.” Dr. Pitman says of the ancient disaster. “We have a lot of very good data showing that this flood took place and was dramatically fast. We’re far less certain about the people who fled, but we have some ideas about them and where they went.

 
“The flood wasn’t like a dam breaking, but it was a very, very rapid rise in sea level,” the professor continues. “What would have been most terrifying was probably the noise that went with it because all of this water came in through the Bosporus. People would have felt and heard that for hundreds of miles. And the sea level rose fast enough that they had to march away from the sea more than a mile every day, further and further inland, day after day after day.”
 
Dr. Pitman disassociates this flood with the ancient myths of Noah’s Ark. He notes that the basic flood legend was committed to writing long before the Bible—a thousand years earlier, at least.
 
Unlocked Mystery of Continental Drift
 

Dr. Pitman is also known for being instrumental in unlocking the mystery of continental drift and plate-tectonic theory (earthquakes). He was integral in the team that in 1967 discovered magnetic anomalies in the ocean which were a key to unlocking continental drift and proving the mechanism for how the continents moved. “Magnetics was a very important element in proving that continental drift took place and then in actually reconstructing the drift of the continents over some 200 million years,” he notes.

 
Dr. Pitman is a fellow of both the Geological Society of America and The American Geophysical Union, which awarded him its Maurice Ewing Medal in 1996. He has also won awards from the National Academy of Sciences (1998) and the Society for Sedimentary Geology (1984). He teaches at Columbia University and is a senior scientist emeritus at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
 
Come on Thursday, April 29th to hear and honor this fascinating scientist, educator and author, the likes of which we don’t often encounter any more. Witty, down-to-earth and affable, Dr. Pitman is a scientist’s scientist—and, we might add, an Atheist nonpareil.
 
EVENT SUMMARY
 
WHAT:                    “Noah’s Flood: Was It Real?” a talk by Dr. Walter C. Pitman III,
                                  Professor in Columbia University’s Department of Earth and
                                  Environmental Studies and author of “Noah’s Flood.”
                                                                      
 
WHEN:                     Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 P.M.
 
WHERE:                   SLC Conference Center
                                  352 Seventh Avenue (bet. 29th & 30th)
                                  16th Floor
 
COST:                       We would appreciate a donation of $5 to help cover
                                   the cost of the conference room.
 
 

Cost: We ask for a donation of $5 to help cover the cost of room rental.